Waterscape Design Trends
In a society where we are tied to our electronic devices all day, nowadays, the need to get away and de-stress is greater than ever before. The preferable place is by the water, maybe in a tropical locale, or a beautiful resort. Sometimes, people will buy a boat. Why? Because, to listen to the waves gently lapping all around you is very soothing. It is a well-known fact that people who live near the water are many more laid back than the rest of us. Psychologists tell us that floating weightlessly in water, like on an air mattress or pool float, is a comforting, almost womb-like experience which tends to make anxiety dissolve away. So also, can being in or around a pool have a definite positive impact on your state of mind. Beautiful surroundings and the soothing sound of water equate peace and offer a perfect setting for quiet meditation. It is true that your simple, rectangular concrete pool can become the ultimate stress reliever, or, you can take it one step further, and enhance that beautiful swimming pool setting by installing waterscape features in close proximity to your pool.
Waterscape Design Trends
Rectangular swimming pools are now considered passé because these newer exciting pool shapes are more versatile and may be combined with softscape items like ornamental grasses, rock gardens or maybe consider using various types of waterscape extravaganzas. Why not try meshing your in-ground pool with a stupendous waterfall? Consulting with a pool construction expert will yield ideas and concepts to create a paradise with your regular or lap pool, and then add a cascading waterfall in the background, which will softly trickle down and empty into your swimming pool. A waterfall can even be placed amidst your existing landscape or new landscape to create a lush, tropical effect or paired with boulders from which water trickles or cascades down right into your pool or adjoining spa.
Water fountains add to the sensual texture of a design or landscaping motif that is devoid of sound. Pond fountains can prevent algae buildup and make your yard's water feature more appealing for birds and other creatures.
Just over two years ago, a former client contacted me about a new pond construction and design project. I had designed a 20,000-gallon pond for him and his wife about 10 years prior, and I figured he was calling about a pond issue. To my surprise, he had a new project coming up and asked if I wanted to be involved.
For this project, I am determined to design a system that has the best chance of striking a deal with Mother Nature. I want to use the least amount of energy in the most efficient way possible to get aeration and circulation through filtration properly with a maintenance regime as manageable as possible, given the size of the project. To achieve this, every possible use of equipment and technology will be utilized.
The stream system was the first to be designed, but construction will start with the meadow and mill ponds, because they are in the center of the development. The air pumps for the ponds will be in the mill house opposite the guard gate for the mill pond and inside a boat house for the meadow pond. Excavation began with heavy equipment with tons of boulders being stockpiled for later use.
Each waterfall and pond design has been made custom to its area and blends in naturally with its environment. The hundreds of ponds we have installed over the years are designed to appear and operate identically to natural bodies of water, a result of the way our ponds work as chemical free mini-ecosystems.
All of our ponds and Pondless waterfalls have a one-year warranty against any damage or repairs. Although our ponds are designed to be sturdy and a lifetime, sometimes a pump or liner issue may require our attention. We are happy to troubleshoot and answer any questions you have, to help get your pond up and running again!
Waterscape is the design of Derlot, a multidisciplinary design studio based in Brisbane, Australia, and directed by Alexander Lotersztain. It is the first in a line of luxury products that will be produced by the Australian pontoon specialist Superior Group. More than the unsteady pontoons of your childhood summers, the design is closer to an open air living room. Entirely modular, an entire array of furniture and accessories can be clipped onto an extruded rim. The platform can be equipped with a sofa, planters, storage, umbrellas, ice boxes, cleats, ladders and more.
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Historic relationships between communities and waterscapes are complex and often explained solely in technical terms. There is a key need to understand how human-centered developments have shifted the use of river spaces over time, and how these changes reflect on the values of rivers and surrounding cultures. In this paper, we develop a critical analysis of the historically changing relationship between urban communities and water infrastructures using the Georges River catchment in Sydney, Australia. Our focus was on bringing together past and current perspectives, engaging with the formation of diverse hydrosocial behaviors entangled with water infrastructures. Using post-settlement historical documents, maps, journals, and newspaper articles, we trace shifts in hydrosocial perspectives over time, mapping six distinct historic phases. In our study, we offer a shift from the main paradigms currently influencing the development of urban water infrastructures, moving away from the dominant technical propositions of systems designed purely for the management and treatment of stormwater. Drawing on our analysis, we propose a new urban water design concept: Culturally Inclusive Water Urban Design (CIWUD). This presents an advancement on current framework to include a consideration of people's connections and uses of urban waterscapes, as well as a shift towards democratic space design.
Critical interpretations of cultural and affectual ways in which the Georges River's histories have been told is a salient approach towards addressing this gap. Situating dynamic representations of the River against current and dynamic ways of knowing, presents a path forward to consider the role of culturally inclusive water design infrastructure in a metropolitan city such as Sydney. The well-preserved post-settlement archival record for how water infrastructures emerged helps in mapping out broad trends in settler-colonial Australia's cultural relationship with water and rivers. As such, there is scope for contemporary water managers to better understand trends in how the multiplicity of values of urban rivers came to be the way they are. While Australia has a unique history about rivers, the approach investigated in this work offers a theoretical framework that can be used in other countries around the world, especially ones with well documented colonial history. Understanding the history of cultural beliefs and practices and the technological developments of rivers in juxtaposition presents a relevant framework for the ways in which Culturally Inclusive Water Urban Design (CIWUD) could be better integrated to urban planning. To further this point, this work suggests the development of a new urban water design concept (based on current WSUD approach) to promote democratic futures for waterscape. We explore the main principles and ideas of this concept throughout the paper.
Metropolitan Sydney is highly urbanised, being the region of initial European colonisation of Australia over 230 years ago and continuing to be the most populous region in the country. Across metropolitan Sydney, waterways dissect the urban form. To the north, beginning in Broken Bay, the Hawkesbury River meanders through tall sandstone cliffs. Heading west, and then once reaching the foothills of the Blue Mountains, the Hawkesbury and the Grose River merge, turning south as the wide, slow Nepean River. Flanking the western edge of Sydney, and crossed in multiple points by road, rail and pedestrian bridges, the Nepean continues south through a mosaic of remnant Cumberland Woodplains. Scattered throughout, some water is collected in small dams and ponds on ageing farms, whilst the rapidly expanding residential areas add impermeable surfaces that increase flows of stormwater into the urban drainage network. The Parramatta River and the Cooks River slice across the urban landscape, originating in the drainage networks of dense industrial regions, and progress into Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay, respectively. Sydney's southern most major river systems in the metropolitan Sydney region, the Georges River, begins deep in the Illawarra escarpment, then weaves its way across the Woronora Plateau, eventually emptying into the southern rim of Botany Bay. In places, the Georges River waterscape is typified by rugged peninsulas that jut out into wide stretches of the River, and in other places rocky cliffs create secluded pools of deep water. By and large, however, the River is characterised by the leafy headlands populated by suburban houses, many with private access to its waters.
Phase 0 here refers not simply to a foundational history of the site but also to an enduring and transtemporal way of understanding the waterscapes of the region. Accordingly, its inclusion acknowledges the diverse histories of the region's First Nations Peoples. As Goodall (2014) notes, the Georges River is Country to the Dharug and Bidjigal people on the northern side of the River; the Dharawal people to the south; and the Gundungara people to the west. The connection that First Nations Peoples of the region have had with the River and its surrounding landscape is evidenced through oral histories of the Georges River and its surrounding lands. Oral histories of water knowledges exist on Dreamings. Knowledges of where and when water would move throughout the region, as well as how to modify landscapes and use different technologies is part of the life of First Nations Peoples and it has been for thousands of years (Bandler 1995; Moggridge et al. 2019).